Luce Irigaray and Les fous de bassan : a reading

Squires, Catherine Hope (1995) Luce Irigaray and Les fous de bassan : a reading. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This paper is a reading of Anne Hébert's novel, Les fous de Bassan, following Luce Irigaray's analysis of western culture. The novel through its title, deconstructs the unified subject by bringing into play pairs of binary oppositions for which the underlying opposition is, culture as creation:nature as creation. This foregrounds the role of reproduction in the creation of culture which we then examine through demonstrating the lack of a vertical dimension in the mother/daughter relationship. The novel, at the same time, affords the reader symbolization of two notions, the threshold and mucosity, both of which Irigaray suggests as possible new categories of thought that could allow sexual difference to be expressed in language.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5516
Item ID: 5516
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 84-91.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > French and Spanish
Date: 1995
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Irigaray, Luce; Hébert, Anne; Gender identity in literature

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